An Australian businesswoman who suffered six miscarriages has commended Meghan Markle for courageously speaking out about her own grief losing an unborn baby.
Keira Rumble, 29, who runs health food business Krumbled Foods from the New South Wales Central Coast, suffered the miscarriages over three years from 2016.
She said it was encouraging to see women like the Duchess of Sussex speak out as many women had been suffering in silence for too long.
Ms Markle opened up about her miscarriage earlier this year in an article written for the New York Times, in it she described the ‘unbearable grief’ it caused her and Prince Harry.
Keira Rumble, 29, who runs health food business Krumbled Foods from the New South Wales Central Coast, suffered the miscarriages over three years from 2016
Meghan Markle revealed she suffered a miscarriage over the summer and has described the ‘unbearable grief’ it caused her and Prince Harry in an article written for the New York Times
Ms Markle revealed she fell ill at home in Los Angeles in July before going to hospital, describing herself tearfully watching her husband Prince Harry’s ‘heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine’ while grieving for their unborn baby.
In the piece called ‘The Losses We Share’, she said: ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second’.
Ms Rumble said it was extremely important to listen when women speak out about pregnancy loss and stillbirth as there was still a lot of stigma and shame around miscarriage.
‘While absolutely heartbreaking and shattering to read, having such prominent women shed light on these topics is both important and courageous,’ she said.
‘One in four women experience a pregnancy loss, yet there is so much stigma and shame that we are conditioned to around the topic. Suffering in silence is no way to grieve and knowing that you are not alone does wonders for women in their recovery after loss and fertility journeys.’
Ms Rumble suffered her own miscarriages over three years from 2016 but in January 2019 Ms Rumble had a heterotopic pregnancy
Ms Rumble, who has about 400,000 Instagram followers, said it was extremely important to listen when women speak out about pregnancy loss and stillbirth as there was still a lot of stigma and shame around miscarriage
Ms Rumble suffered her own miscarriages over three years from 2016 but in January 2019 Ms Rumble had a heterotopic pregnancy.
The condition is rare and involves a dual pregnancy with one pregnancy being ectopic – or in an abnormal place.
‘I kept going to the hospital once we found out we were pregnant because I had this sharp, left-hand side pain and (the doctors) kept dismissing me saying they don’t know… it’s nothing,’ Rumble said. ‘
‘There was something in my gut that just kept on saying, ”No, there’s something actually wrong with you”,’ she said.
Then, four weeks later, internal bleeding was discovered in Ms Rumble’s stomach and she was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery.
Ms Rumble, 29, who runs health food business Krumbled Foods from the New South Wales Central Coast, suffered the miscarriages over three years from 2016
She was left with chronic pain that doctors again dismissed – this time as being adhesion pain from the operation.
However, after 18 months the pain had not improved and was accompanied by extreme swelling in her abdomen.
After another surgery, doctors made the shock discovery of endometriosis everywhere, Ms Rumble said, including on her bowel, uterus, and ovaries.
The painful condition is something Ms Rumble has learned to live with.
She said she found comfort in the ‘huge community’ of other women out there who also have the condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterine wall.
She encouraged other women who may be in the same position to talk to others whether that be friends, family or even strangers with the condition.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have openly shared their hopes of having two children to complete their family.
Meghan said she suffered the miscarriage while changing Archie’s nappy in July (pictured together in October 2019)
Harry and Meghan were last seen together marking Remembrance Sunday where they laid a wreath at the Los Angeles National Cemetery
In Meghan’s New York Times article, pictured, she urges people to ask others if they are ok, adding: ‘In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing’
It was no secret they dreamed of welcoming a new addition – a baby brother or sister for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The intimate details shared in the article are strikingly at odds with the usual policy of senior members of the British royal family, who reveal almost nothing about their personal lives.
Although Zara Tindall has spoken about her experiences of miscarriage.
Harry’s grandmother the Queen has never discussed her private life in any media interview in her 68-year reign.
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis occurs when cells in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month, these cells react in the same way as those in the womb; building up, breaking down and bleeding. Yet, the blood has no way to escape the body.
Symptoms include pain, heavy periods and fatigue, as well as a higher risk of infertility, and bowel and bladder problems.
Its cause is unknown but may be genetic, related to problems with the immune system or exposure to chemicals.
Treatment focuses on pain relief and improving quality of life, which may include surgery or hormone treatment.
Source: Endometriosis UK
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